Opening Day: Parking, traffic, stadium info

ARLINGTON, Texas -- I'll post this a few times between now and Opening Day, but since many of you emailed and hit me up on twitter about it, here is some information on traffic, parking and stadium info (this is straight from the Rangers' release):

Arrive Early: Rangers parking lots will open at 10:00 a.m., and fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the festivities. Rangers Ballpark in Arlington gates will open at 12 noon with the Rangers batting practice beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Cash Parking: The majority of the cash parking lots are located on the north side of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Limited cash lots are available on the back ends of Season Lots A, B, and C on the south side on Rangers Ballpark. For Friday’s home opener, additional parking is available at Six Flags Over Texas and Cowboy Stadium Lots 12 and 13.

Arriving at Rangers Ballpark: The City of Arlington will have dynamic message signs located on the main routes to communicate the best routes for fans to enter the parking lots on opening day. Preferred routes are as follows:

From West bound I-30:

Fans wanting to park south of the Ballpark are encouraged to exit 161 and follow the signs to Division Street

Fans wanting to park north of the Ballpark are encouraged to exit Legends Way

From Eastbound I-30:

Fans are encouraged to use Nolan Ryan exit, Collins Street exit and Center Street exit to Road to Six Flags

From Southbound 360:

Fans are encouraged to use Lamar Blvd. exit or Green Oaks exit to Ballpark Way

From Northbound 360:

Fans are encouraged to use Abrams Street exit to Stadium Dr

For Six Flags Over Texas lots, East and Westbound 1-30 traffic is encouraged to exit Ballpark Way and enter lot off Six Flags Drive at Magic Mile.

For Cowboys Stadium Lots 12 and 13, Traffic coming from the south is encouraged to take Division St. westbound from 360 to Legends Way. Traffic coming from the Collins St. is encouraged to take Division St. eastbound to Legends Way.

Departing Rangers Ballpark: All fans parking in Rangers parking lots will receive exit maps upon entrance in order to assist with convenient departure. These maps can be used throughout the 2011 season.

A lane of traffic on I-30 eastbound will be diverted to expedite the on-ramp traffic from Nolan Ryan and Ballpark Way. The T-Ramp only. From Legends Way will be open eastbound from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Lexus Valet: Please note that Lexus Valet Parking, available on the north, east, and south sides of Rangers Ballpark, reaches capacity early on Opening Day.

Updated Information: Fans are encouraged to visit texasrangers.com/directions for current maps and specific routes by parking lot or call the Rangers Parking Hotline at 972-PARKING. Fans may also receive updated traffic and parking information at www.arlingtontx.gov or www.arlingtonpd.org.

Pricing: Cash Parking in Rangers Ballpark in Arlington lots is regularly priced at $10.00 per vehicle.